It's official! I'm a fan! Star Wars #TheLastJedi is in Theaters NOW!

It's official! I'm a fan! Star Wars #TheLastJedi is in Theaters NOW!

If you were to have told me a month or two ago that I would be a fan of Star Wars, I would have laughed and probably smiled while flipping you the bird, because, that's just who I am. And up until last week, I had never seen one Star Wars movie. Like, ever. At all.  #TheLastJedi

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Snack Ideas, Printables and Savings!

Snack Ideas, Printables and Savings!

This year I am also very excited to finally start to share the history and culture behind Dia de los Muertos with my girls and for them to share it with their classmates. These printable sugar skulls or calaveras make starting the conversation easier. #SnackItAndPackIt #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias

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How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

Growing up, Dia de los Muertos was a holiday that I was aware of, but it wasn't something that my family celebrated. I don't know why, I wish we had, because I think it's such a beautiful way to honor your family. As a Latina Mom, I am going to take this opportunity to teach my girls the truth behind the history and tradition.  #OfrendasConNestle #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias

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Baby Shower Gift Idea #NewDadMustHaves

Baby Shower Gift Idea #NewDadMustHaves

You guys! My best friend is having a baby! I have been saying this for the past 6 months or so as often as I can, because I still just can't believe it. I think deep down, I really wasn't sure babies were in the cards for her, but, there's no going back now. He's on his way! As first time parents, my best friend and her husband are excited, very nervous and have a lot of questions.  #NewDadMustHaves #CollectiveBias

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Halos Love Bugs for Valentines Day

Halos Love Bugs for Valentines Day

I know I'm not the only Mom who is always looking for something a little bit different, something original for the kids to take to school. I mean, that's why we all LOVE Pinterest so much right? Well, Halos sent me a bunch of little craft goodies and I just totally fell in love with these little Halos Love Bugs! They're perfect for the kids to help with, cute, simple and not candy. So nice for a change. 

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Halloween Hair and Johnson's No More Tangles

Halloween Hair and Johnson's No More Tangles

Halloween costume decisions are kind of a big deal around here. Since my littlest has been obsessed with Unicorns all year long, we could not think of a more appropriate costume for her. I was planning on DIY'ing the whole costume, but we happen to stumble upon a Unicorn costume while out shopping one day. The costume came with a horn on a headband but, I just knew I had to make my own tweaks. With the head of hair on this little girl, I knew we would have enough to make our very own Unicorn horn.

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Make Memories with this 5 Minute Dog Toy

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One of the most important things to me, when it comes to my family is making sure we are always making memories. We are lucky enough to always have something fun on the books. But even the everyday moments are important to me and one of my favorite ways to spend time together as a family is when we all play outside. Toby is ALWAYS up for playing and we can play keep away and fetch and tag for hours.

At least once a week we visit Target. Sometimes for things we need, sometimes just to walk around , which makes it another place we tend to make our every day memories. You really have to stop and realize that even when you're trying on funny Halloween costumes, buying a new favorite book, movie or toy, you're making memories. If we could take Toby into Target with us, it would be perfect and believe me, my husband has asked. He would love to play in the pet section, that is where you will find Purina Dog Chow. Purina has brand new packaging and after 90 years of making dog food, I love that Purina grows with your dog. We go from Puppy Chow, to Dog Chow Small Dog and eventually graduate to Complete Adult.

So the other day when I was cleaning out all of the clothes that my girls have outgrown, I left the pile in the corner of the room for when I actually have time to donate them, you know how that goes. A week later, that pile became one of Toby's favorite places to nap. Which gave me an idea, what if I use some of the girls old clothes to make a special toy just for Toby.

This project literally took me all of 5 minutes. 5 minutes of making this toy all for endless hours of fun and making family memories.

Here is what you'll need:

  • old clothes
  • scissors

That's it! 

First, figure out the colors you want to use. I was inspired by the colors of our favorite sarape and by the look of our pile of clothes, we love bright colors. 

Next, cut the clothes along the width of the shirt. You will need 2 strips of 4 different colors. 

Stretch the strips to their max, without ripping them. 

Choose the 3 colors you will use for the braid, and 1 color to use to tie the ends.

Lay down the strip you will use to tie and lay the other three colors on top. Tie the top end.

Braid all the way down. Right over middle, left over middle and repeat to the end. Tie with the last strip. 

Done and done and hours of fun with the whole family. 

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DIY Personalized Dog Pillow #ThrowBarkDogChow

DIY Personalized Dog Pillow #ThrowBarkDogChow

A family unit never quite seems complete until there is a four legged family member wagging their tail nearby. I always tell Toby, our family dog, just how lucky he is that he ended up with us for a forever family. Toby came to us 2 years ago almost to the day,  after being left on my best friends porch at only 6 weeks old. And just like the rest of the members of this family, we have to celebrate his birthday too.

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Welcome! Disney's First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor!

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Disney Channel. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Have you heard the excellent news? There's a new princess in town, last week we officially met Disney's first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. As a mother to two little Latina princesses of my own, this was kind of a big deal. Not only is it fun for them to be able to look up to someone who resembles you, but it's important to be able to share parts of your culture with others.

So, not only were we super excited for the premier of Disney's Elena of Avalor, we had ourselves a viewing party!

In the package that Disney sent us, there was a party board with ideas that would be fun for an Elena of Avalor party. All of the crafts and decorations were super cute, but one thing popped out at me; Bunuelos. This recipe and the irons that I used to make them were handed down to me by my Grandma Aurora before she passed away. It is a very special tradition to us and our family and I thought it was very fitting that we have them to celebrate the first Latina Princess.

My Grandma Aurora was a beautiful and proud Latina woman. She was a definite embodiment of what a Latina princess should be; Ready to rule with grace and compassion and a strong sense of familia. I learned so much from her and every single time that I am crafting, working on a DIY project or decorating for a party, I think of her. She had an amazing eye for decoration and I just wish she was still around to give me tips or lend a hand. I just know she would have LOVED Pinterest, she definitely would have created an Elena of Avalor Pinterest Board right away.

To make the Bunuelos here is what you'll need: (this recipe yields about 2 dozen rosettes.)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  • Rosette Irons (You can find them online)
  • cinnamon sugar mixture 
  1. Place Flour, Sugar and Salt in a large bowl. Form a well
  2. Whisk egg, vanilla, and milk until mixed together.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the well of flour and whisk together until a batter forms. There shouldn't be lumps and the batter should have a consistency similar to pancake batter.
  4. Heat Oil in a pan to 165 degrees. The oil should be able to cover the rosette iron, so at least 2-3 inches deep.
  5. Keep the iron in the oil so it heats up as well.
  6. Once your batter is ready. Take the iron out of the oil, dripping the remaining oil off. The iron should be hot when dipping into the batter.
  7. IMPORTANT: Do not cover the iron in batter. The batter should only go as far as the walls of the rosette.
  8. Dip a few times and transfer to the oil. The batter should fry and release itself from the iron. If it doesn't, sometimes you might have to use a fork to help it release.
  9. Flip so both sides are golden and remove from oil. Set aside on paper towels.
  10. Last, sprinkle the rosette with the cinnamon/sugar mix. 

Enjoy!

This little lady was so excited for the premier of Elena of Avalor. And not just for the bunuelos. I love hearing all the excitement in her voice as she says, "She's a Latina. Like me."

Our viewing party had to include some arts and craft projects. A viewing party would not be complete if we were not creating something beautiful. My daughter had so much fun creating these tissue paper flower headbands. When there is a craft or DIY project that the kids can do themselves, you can see the proud look of accomplishment on their faces. Which is kinda what a Mom lives for.

Fruit and popcorn are two must haves at any party. I know for us, growing up, Summer and fruit went hand in hand. We always had chopped up fruit in the fridge and for this party, I thought canteloupe and strawberries would be perfect to go with Elena of Avalor's color scheme.

Of course, popcorn is always a crowd pleaser with the kids. Especially when they get their very own Elena of Avalor cup of popcorn.

I am so madly in love with this beautiful Elena of Avalor watercolor/typography print. I will definitely need to make a space for this in my daughters room. The print artfully presents all of the qualities that make up a Latina princess: Fearless Heroine Ready to Rule with grace and compassion. Brave protector embarking on Magical adventure with familia, friends and Royal sceptor- Crown Princess of Avalor.

The other main attraction at our viewing party was this beautiful table runner. The girls could not wait to get their hands on the fabric markers and get to work. You can do something like this too at your Elena of Avalor party. Just print up coloring sheets and line them up on a table with colorful markers or colored pencils. I love to see the kids let out their creativity.

If your missed the premier of Elena of Avalor, don't worry. You can tune into the Disney Channel each week to follow Elena of Avalor’s latest royal adventures! Elena of Avalor airs on the Disney Channel on Fridays at 7:30pm ET/6:30 pm CT and 7:30 pm PT.

Capture the Little Moments with a DIY Photo Keychain #ShareYourMiracles

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I am such a sucker for tearjerker movies. I got to see Miracles From Heaven back in February at a screening and I could not wait to share it with everyone. I could just picture it: myself with all the women and Moms in my life, jumping in a bus, heading to a movie theater, passing around tissue boxes and just bawling our eyes out. Time flew right by because now you can bring home Miracles From Heaven on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital. Which is almost better, because you can go ahead and let your ugly-cry out while watching in the comfort of your own home.

The best thing about these kinds of movies, is that they bless you with reminders. This film, is a reminder that, 1. it's okay to be a warrior for your children and 2. it's so important to not only keep your faith but also hold the little moments close to your heart. Miracles From Heaven tells the true story of the Beam family and is full of love, faith, family and spirit. 

It's so easy to let the little every day things pass you by. But the truth is, it can all be gone in a split second. So, today I am sharing an idea that will help you to hold onto the little every day memories. 

It's no secret that I LOVE to take photos of my family. They know it and you know it. Recently I was given the Instax Mini 70 camera and it's become one of my favorite items to carry around with me.  I love being able to capture moments and have them in my hand right away. So that got me thinking, how can I turn these into a keepsake? Keep reading to see how I turned these little photos of every day moments into a key chain. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Photos (Any kind really, I just really like the Instax Mini 70 camera phots)
  • Laminator and Laminator sheets
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Washi Tape
  • Key Ring

First, you'll need to figure out which photos you want to take with you. Next, you'll need to line them up and laminate them. I have talked about this laminator several times before, I kinda love it.

Once you are done laminating, you can cut them out and decorate them however you like, like I did here, with the washi tape.

Last all you need to do is get your hole puncher and punch a hole in the corner of each picture and put a key ring through it. Simple as that, now you have a keepsake of some of the fun every day moments that you can take along with you wherever you go. 

It's so easy to let those every day moments pass you by, Miracles From Heaven is a great reminder that you should never take these moments for granted. Did you know that when you buy Miracles From Heaven DVD, $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network?

Tell me, have you seen Miracles From Heaven yet? Next time you are shopping at Walmart, pick up the DVD and have yourself an in home sob fest. You'll feel better letting your feelings flow and being reminded about the important things in life. 

Summer Fun with DIY Tetris

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Usually the thought of the kids being home during the Summer scares me, but I think I finally got it all figured out. Each morning the kids do math worksheets and reading before they can watch any TV or play games and the minute they hint at being bored... I bring out the art projects! Of course a major part of a successful Summer day is always having ice cream on hand because let's face it, Ice Cream makes everything better.

This Summer I really wanted to create some fun games that we could play together as a family and since we spend so much of our time outdoors it had to be outdoor friendly. What would be a better boredom buster than DIY TETRIS? TETRIS was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid, I would play for hours on my Gameboy. This DIY version is fun to make and you could play again and again and again. 

To make your own DIY Tetris here's what you'll need. 

  • Wood Blocks (these are measured at 3/4" but go bigger if you want)
  • Acrylic paints in various colors (Orange, Green, Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow)
  • Wood Glue

I bought all of these supplies at my local Hobby Lobby and all for under $10. I'm sure you can find similar products and prices at your local hobby or craft store. 

First you'll notice that each TETRIS piece uses four blocks. You can see the shapes above. 

Once you've figured out all of your shapes, get gluing. You only need a dab of the glue and although the instructions on the glue say to let sit for 6 hours, mine bonded after a few minutes. 

Next step is deciding which shape will be which color, then you get to paint. The kids will have fun with this part. 

I was so excited as I watched the pieces come together. Once the paint is dry, they are ready for playing! This TETRIS game is obviously different than the video game. It ended up being a sort of Jenga type of game for the kids, but I was teaching them to try and make the pieces fit to make a perfect block. They had the most fun just building until it toppled over, but it went on for quite some time. For me, that's a win. 

Have you noticed that when the kids are home for the Summer you make more Walmart trips than usual? The ice cream aisle is definitely frequented more often too. I know I'm not the only one who loves Ice cream shopping. You've got to mix it up and try something new. This time we got DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and DREYER’S BabyRuth Ice Cream, because how could I say no to that?

See, hot Summer days are just more fun with games and ice cream. Whether the kids are bored or need a game to play while the food is cooking, this DIY TETRIS game is perfect. 

Okay go ahead and look at that ice cream right there, that is the DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and it is delicious! DREYER’S totally got it right by adding flavors inspired by your favorite candies like Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth®, I love adding mix-ins to my ice cream, but I don't have to do that with these new ice cream flavors. DREYER’S also proudly makes their ice cream with fresh milk and cream and with no rBST (milk production hormone), artificial flavors or colors. SOLD!
This right here is what Summer is all about, togetherness. Ice cream and games is what brings everyone together during the hot Summer days. So stay cool! Check out this list to see if a Walmart near you is having a DREYER'S demo! and check out the fun video below.

Bring the Tropics to Your Summer Memories

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I am not one of those parents that dread the Summer months. When Summer approaches all I can think about is filling our days with fun and colorful projects. The way I see it, my kids don't do nearly enough Art in school, which means, the Summer is our time to be creative! I love being able to spend all day outdoors, playing, getting dirty and making memories.   

The thing about kids though, is that nothing keeps their attention for as long as you hope. So, after 20 rounds of Loteria, which also doubles as a Spanish lesson, they are ready to move on to another activity. 

I have been wanting to do some tie-dye projects with my girls for a while now. Well, two days into Summer Break sounds like the perfect time to me. I used our Loteria game as a jumping off point for what we were doing next. I kept talking to them about the vibrant colors on the Loteria cards and when I brought out the tie-dye projects they were thrilled! They loved the idea of designing and creating their own Summer shirt. 

Here's what you'll need to create these awesome Summer Tie-Dye tops! 

  • White T-shirts
  • Fabric dye
  • Rubberbands
  • plastic wrap
  •  all® Fresh Tropical Mist™

This project is pretty simple and definitely messy, just how I like them. If you purchase the fabric dye, tie-dye kit like me then you will have your own directions to follow. If not, it's still really simple and I'll break it down for you. 


  1. Pre-wash your shirt with all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ and get ready to make a mess. Lay out an old tablecloth or paper that you won't mind ruining. Also, wear gloves if you have them to protect your fingers and have a lot of paper towels or napkins on hand for any accidental spills. 
  2. Figure out the kind of pattern you would like to create with the tie-dye. My daughter wanted a burst from the center of the shirt. So we laid the shirt out flat, and gathered from the center.
  3. Use rubber bands to separate the shirt by sections. 
  4. Add the dye to the section that you want colored. Note: Be careful with the dye, you want to keep the colors as separate as possible so work slowly. 
  5. Wrap the shirt in plastic wrap and set aside for 6-8 hours; Longer for brighter colors. 
  6. When you are ready to rinse, fill a bucket or sink with water and rinse slowly. Once you've completed your first rinse, add a small amount of all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ to the water and rinse again. 
  7. Dry and wear.

My girls wanted to make the shirts their own, so we searched on pinterest for ideas and I helped them to finish the looks. 

My absolute favorite scent is the smell of clean laundry. I decided to make things a little more interesting and switched to a new scent for the Summer, all®’s newest Fresh tropical scent. You can bring the freshness of the tropics home with the trusted cleaning power of all®. Of course, as messy as we all plan on getting this summer I need all®’s trusted stain fighting power to fight the toughest kid stains like grass, mud, and grape juice. It's also nice that all® costs 30% less than the leading brand.

Once we were done dying, washing, drying and cutting our new shirts. We had to try them on! As you can see, they loved the way they looked and smelled! Part of making memories includes the smells that surround you and I know that when they think back to the time they got their hands dirty while making their own tie-dye shirts, the fresh tropical scent will go along with it. 

To find NEW fresh tropical mist in store near you, visit all®'s website and don't forget to grab your coupon!

Snack like an Adult, Create a Meat and Cheese Platter #SavvySnacking

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As much as I love eating popcorn or chips, sometimes my tastebuds require something a bit more savvy, something just a bit more complex. Every now and then I have to treat myself too and a meat and cheese platter is a treat that makes me feel like an adult. It's nice to eat something that does not include crackers in the shape of fish. Keep reading to get tips on creating your own Meat and Cheese platter and the chance to enter the #SavvySnackingSweepstakes.

You know when you're at the market and there are chips and candy in the checkout aisle? Well I always try to choose the best low-carb option. Recently I found Lorissa’s Kitchen while waiting in line at Walmart. Lorissa's Kitchen offers a delicious, portable protein snack that is both a satisfying and healthy. Everything we need right?

Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. See, guilt free snacking right there. Also, along with grass-fed beef, they also use responsibly raised pork. I didn't know how much of a difference that grass-feeding beef could make until I sought it out.

Lorissa's Kitchen is a great example of that, because it's not like other brands, it has more moisture and flavor. Which is a good thing because you don't want something that will break your teeth, you want something that will satisfy you and hold you over until dinner. Is that just me? Lorissa's Kitchen Korean Barbeque also makes a good late night snack. 

If you are planning on creating a meat and cheese platter for a party or gathering, labeling the flavors helps. This way people know what they are eating. I used some gift tags that I had in my craft supplies and wrote down the specific flavors and types of cheese. Lorissa's Kitchen makes a meat and cheese platter easy, I was able to pick up Korean Barbeque, Sweet Chili and Szechuan Peppercorn now all I had to do was decide what I wanted to pair them with.

See how simple a meat and cheese platter can be? I used toast and crackers, thinly sliced apples, creamy swiss and garlic herb cheese, feta cheese and of course three different flavors of Lorissa's Kitchen. 

My favorite part of a meat and cheese platter is creating delicious flavor combinations. Lorissa's Kitchen Korean Barbeque beef with some Feta Cheese is incredible. 

The other delicious combinations that I discovered is the Lorissa's Kitchen Szechuan Peppercorn beef, feta cheese and a slice of apple and the Lorissa's Kitchen Sweet Chili Pork with creamy Swiss cheese. 

See, how delicious and adult does this meat and cheese platter looks? Notice the lack of candies and crackers shaped like fish. You can connect with Lorissa's Kitchen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on deals and other snack ideas.

DIY Fairy Garden

This post is sponsored by Big Lots. You can find this post in Spanish over on Big Lots Latino.

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One of my favorite things about being a mom to two little girls, is keeping the magic alive. I want them to believe in magic for as long as possible. When we talked about Spring coming soon, we decided that we need to thank the fairies for bringing Spring to our backyard. We headed to Big Lots and picked up everything we were going to need for our very own Fairy Garden. The best part about this project was that this was something that I could do with them, it was a chance for us to spend time together—albeit while getting a little bit dirty.  

For me and my girls, playing in the dirt never gets old. This is probably my favorite step in creating a Fairy Garden, adding the soil. To start, you'll need potting soil, a container for the base and some garden tools. After adding a layer of soil, we laid out the Roll Out Flower sheet that is full of seeds and cut it so it could fit the base. We also cut out a circle for the fairy's house.  

Next, per the instructions on the box of Roll Out Flowers, we watered the sheet full of seeds thoroughly. In fact, we soaked it. Word to the wise, stay in control of the water hose because kids with a water hose can be messy. There were quite a few options of Fairy Houses to choose from at Big Lots, after much debate between my daughters we settled on the toadstool house.  

Next, we covered the sheet of Roll Out Flowers with a little bit more soil and then started on the decorating. I had some of these stones in a vase and thought they would make a perfect stone path for so the fairy can find her way. We were also lucky enough to find the perfect additions to our Fairy Garden, a welcome sign and a mail box, because would any Fairy house be complete without it? I don't think so.  

This is what our Fairy Garden looks like before the grass and flowers grow. Notice in the background, I also found some small hummingbird feeders at Big Lots that compliment our garden very nicely. Because, according to my 5 year old, Hummingbirds and Fairys are very good friends and maybe even cousins.  

My girls check on our Fairy Garden every day and with each flower that sprouts, they continue to believe in magic. The magic of our planet is pretty remarkable and I love that they will grow up appreciating all that the Earth has to offer. Projects like this are the best, I spent time with my girls talking about magic, playing in the dirt and making memories.

Thank you Big Lots for having everything we need to create our very own Fairy Garden. 

Take Care of Those Messy Moments with Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner

This post is sponsored on behalf of Pledge®. However, as always all opinions and phots are my own. #SCJMessyMoments

When I was a kid, I despised polishing the furniture. It was the chore that I absolutely hated the most! Now, as an adult it is still my least favorite chore. The only difference now is that I get to choose when I clean and what I use to clean.  I very strongly believe in the saying, "Messy Houses means Happy Kids." I am a busy Mom and I wear a lot of different hats. Between working, blogging, volunteering, homework and cooking... cleaning is definitely at the bottom of my list.  

When I was growing up, we always used Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray and it was only for wood surfaces. But over the years Pledge® brand products have evolved and look at all the options that I found at Walmart. Not only can Pledge® be used on Multi Surfaces, but it's also available in other fresh scents and antibacterial.

This is a typical day in my house, my daughter reading a book and a cat sitting on the furniture. As you can imagine, there is always pet dander, dust and messy fingerprints pretty much everywhere. How is a Mom supposed to keep up with it all? A cleaner that can be used in every single room in the house is definitely helpful. 

With Pledge Multi Surface I can go from room to room cleaning glass, wood, plastic, and metal all with the Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner. So not only am I cleaning, I'm also killing 99.9% of the germs on all of those surfaces. Messy kids are much worse when they are sick, so my best bet is to take care of both.

Can you see the difference? It's a little embarrassing that I was able to find something so covered in dust that it made for such a good "before" picture. But, as I said before I am a busy Mom and sometimes we are too busy having fun and making memories to notice the dust covering up the furniture in the corner. 

But life is all about balance, so when we're done having fun and I find a moment to clean, at least I get to use the cleaner that I choose, Pledge® Multi Surface Antibacterial Everyday Cleaner makes me feel good about cleaning when I have to.

Get Ready for #FindingDory With Fun Activity/Coloring Sheets

It's been 13 years since we all fell in love with the super forgetful and equally charming Blue Tang fish named Dory in the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo. This June, the highly anticipated Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” will hit theaters and we will be reacquainted with some of our favorite characters and meet some exciting new friends as we tag along on Dory's journey. 

Synopsis

Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.

Get your kids ready for Finding Dory with these fun Printable Activity Sheets!

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FINDING DORY swims into theaters everywhere on June 17th, 2016!

Inspiration Can Strike Anywhere #MyFavoriteIsAllMine

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My favorite thing about Spring is all of the colors. I love that suddenly colors show up everywhere, from flowers, to clothes, to decor, to food. Color is everywhere! 

Have you seen the new Diet Coke "It's Mine" bottles? I found them while shopping at Albertsons the other day. They are, to put it simply, really pretty. They are covered in fun colors and designs and each glass bottle is unlike any other. Cool right? Diet Coke is my go-to pick me up for during the day and when I'm out and about.

The colorful designs inspired me to get my mantle ready for Spring. The colors reminded me of stained glass, which made me think about making my own SPRING stained glass banner. I always have tons of tissue paper scraps laying around, so this worked out perfectly. 

In order to create a Stained Glass SPRING Banner of your own, all you need is:

  • paper
  • tissue paper, cut into small squares
  • a laminator

Also, I find that having a bottle of Diet Coke to drink helps with the creative process. 

To create the Stained Glass SPRING Banner all you need to do is:

  1. Cut your paper to the size you want your banner to be, mine are about 4x6. 
  2. Cut out the letters S-P-R-I-N-G. I like to freehand the letters, but you can always use a template or cutting machine. 
  3. Run a glue stick around the letters and lay your tissue squares on top, to cover the letters.
  4. Lay them out to be laminated. 
  5. Trim the extra lamination from around the banner.
  6. Punch a hole in each corner and string them together. 
  7. Tie the strings to a few skewers and then place those skewers into a Diet Coke "It's Mine" bottle on each side. 

See? How pretty is that? Crazy how inspiration comes from everywhere. It is so important to always keep your eyes open to any source of inspiration.

I love the glass bottles, but you can also find the Diet Coke "It's Mine" designs on plastic bottles, aluminum cans and aluminum bottles of Diet Coke too. These bottles are only available for a limited time (while supplies last) so if you see them around, grab one, and soak in all of the colors and designs.

Right now, Albertsons is partnering with Diet Coke for a fun contest. You could win 1 of 10 VIP prize packages for 2 to Los Angeles to see Primetime TV's biggest awards show. The prize package includes hotel, travel gift card, pre-party reception, gift bag and tickets to the award show. All you have to do to enter is snap a selfie with your favorite Diet Coke "It's Mine" bottle or can and share it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes! Easy!

For more information on the sweepstakes and to discover your entry, check it out here.

Note: Regarding Twitter and Instagram, your account settings must be set to "unprotected" and/ or "public" in order for your tweets to be visible to enter the sweepstakes. once your entry is submitted your entry picture will be added to the microsite. If your photo does not appear within 24 hours, your entry did not submit appropriately (check for appropriate hashtag and whether your Twitter/Instagram was made public prior to your submission).

OSH - Buena Park Grand Opening!

You know that feeling when you find a place that makes you happy? There are very few places that I can become inspired just by wandering around for a few hours. I like to call these places my happy places. OSH - Orchard Supply Hardware is definitely one of my happy places. Last week I went on a tour of the new OSH opening in Buena Park and the inspiration hit me in every area of the store. Now my mind is just spinning with new DIY projects and redecorating ideas. I love that feeling!

Before touring OSH I though it was just a hardware store, you know, tools, plants and nuts and bolts. But I was so excited to discover that OSH is so much more. While walking around OSH I was greeted by so many beautiful colorful items and all I wanted to do was redecorate every single inch of my house, inside and outside. 

I love the smell of soil and flowers that welcomes you into the nursery. OSH has plants and flowers of every kind and will even pot your newly purchased plant for you while you shop. You can buy a beautiful new pot (they have MANY options) and plant and have it ready for you to just take home. Oh, and if you are one of those people that have a hard time keeping your plants alive, they have a return policy. All you need is your receipt or if you are a member of OSH rewards, they will keep track of all your purchases. 

Whenever I tell someone about my love for OSH I always tell them about all the pretty things that I find when I'm there. They definitely offer more decorative and design options than other "hardware" stores and that is something I can appreciate. But more than just a lot of pretty things, there is potential for fun projects everywhere. 

Look at all the fun stuff. If you love Mason Jars, OSH has them in all shapes and sizes and all the accessories to go with it. Oh and the marquee letters are super cool and battery operated, I kinda want them all. 

Okay! So, now that you know all about the fun stuff at OSH, you have to get out to the Grand Opening of the new OSH in Buena Park. This weekend February 20-21, they have awesome deals, coupons and prizes for the first customers in line. 

So stay tuned to the blog because I have a lot of great projects in store to share with all of you!

Tell me: What kind of DIY projects would you like to see on the blog? 

Go Ahead, Let Them Play With Their Food #WinTheDinnerBattle

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It seems like only yesterday that I was grocery shopping with my Mom and begging her to buy Kid Cuisine meals for me. Life has come full circle and now here I am buying Kid Cuisine meals for my kids. The only difference is that my girls don't have to beg me to buy them, in fact, I like to buy them as a surprise. I am not ashamed to admit, sometimes I don't want to make dinner and Kid Cuisine meals make my life easier and my kids happy. 

I feel good about giving my kids Kid Cuisine because they offer wholesome ingredients, like 100% natural chicken breast, real cheese, whole grains, and a yummy dessert that they’ll love. All with NO preservatives.

While shopping at Walmart, I found that the Kid Cuisine meals have partnered with Skylanders Battlecast. I had no idea how cool this was until my kids told me, because of course they knew what Skylanders was and they just had to have the FREE Skylanders Battlecast card that is found inside the specially marked Kid Cuisine meals.

So as cool as Kid Cuisine meals are, I wanted to step it up a little bit. I decided to make a re-usable place mat with some fun activities to keep them entertained while they wait for their dinner to heat up.  The place mat that I created is here for you to right-click, save and print below. 

Right-click, Save and Print!

Right-click, Save and Print!

To make this place mat reusable all you need to do is laminate it.  I have a laminator on hand so it was very easy for me, but don't worry, if you don't have a laminator you can use a clear page protector. You are welcome to save and print the one above or make one of your own. I included a maze, a spot for them to write about their best part of their day, a face for them to complete, a spot to play Hangman and to play Tic Tac Toe. It just so happens that the Chicken Nugget Kid Cuisine meal comes with Tic Tac Toe cookies for dessert. 

Just add a couple dry erase markers or pencils to the dinner table and you and your kids have a lot of fun activities to keep dinner interesting. 

Another thing that has changed a lot since my mom was buying Kid Cuisine meals for me is the use of coupon and rebate apps. You have to download the Ibotta App, check it out HERE to stock up on Kid Cuisine where you can Buy 3 Kid Cuisine meals and earn $2. That's a great deal! This is my new favorite thing. I've been scanning my receipts left and right.
See how easy it is to have a fun and easy dinner for the kids. Next time you're at Walmart, stop by the Frozen Entree aisle and pick up a few Kid Cuisine meals. Everyone will be happy and with all the time you save washing dishes you can download the Ibotta app and save yourself some money.

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Add Flavor to your Healthy Lunch

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It's the end of January and I hope everyone is holding on to their New Year healthy eating goals. This year, my motivation for eating healthier is my status as a Matron of Honor in my best friends upcoming wedding (T-minus 6 months). That's great motivation right? So, how do you keep things interesting on those days that you are trying to keep your calorie count low? Well the other day while on a trip to Walmart, I picked up some of my favorite lunch options. Keep reading to see how I add flavor to a healthy lunch. 

The juice aisles at Walmart called to me and although I usually look past, I was pleased to find V8 V-Fusion® and V8 V-Fusion® light. V8 V-Fusion® is 100% juice and offers the nutrition of vegetables blended with just the right amount of fruit juice for a light, sweet taste – plus 1 full serving of fruit and 1 full serving of vegetables.
See that's the thing I miss most when I'm dieting. I miss flavor and fruit! Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite 500 calories or less lunch combos. You can never have too many healthy lunch options right? These are just some of my favorite properly portioned healthy snacks all paired with a yummy V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® Light to add extra flavor and serving of fruit and veggies.

These are just a few of my favorite properly portioned snacks all in one lunch adding up to 500 calories or less. I like to mix textures and flavors just to keep it all from getting boring. Below I have all the items listed with their calorie count included. 

  • V8 V-Fusion® Peach Mango - 120 cal
  • V8 V-Fusion® light Strawberry Banana - 50 cal
  • Snap Pea Crisps (1/2 cup) - 60 cal
  • Craisins - 100 cal
  • String Cheese - 50 cal
  • Turkey - 90 cal
  • Tuna (+light mayo) - 150 cal
  • Wheat crackers (3) - 60 cal
  • Small bag Baby Carrots - 35 cal
  • Smart popcorn (1 cup) - 50 cal
  • Light Yogurt - 90 cal
  • 1/2 small apple - 40 cal

I used to think V8 was only tomato juice and I'm so excited that they have some really delicious flavor combinations now. Everything you see above was bought at my local Walmart including the various flavors of V8 V-Fusion®. I found Strawberry Banana, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Mango and Acai Mixed Berry in both regular and light varieties. So not only have I been able to add flavor to my low-cal lunches but guess who enjoys these too? My kids! They were so excited to try them and loved them. Of course, it's just a mom bonus that they are healthy and include one full serving of fruits and veggies, meaning I don't have to fight with them about eating their calabasitas that day. 

So what do you think? Will you add my V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® light to your day? I'd love to hear some of your healthy lunch options too, leave me a comment below.